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 Last Updated: 11/08/17 12:37    Serving scouts from Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Independence, Seven Hills, and North Royalton, Ohio

New:  Schedules, Campout permission slip, 

Eagle Scout Project Planning Guide
Getting Started with Troop 652 

St. Basil the Great
Wednesdays, 7:00 pm

Check the parish calendar site for the latest changes

FAQ    Policies & Procedures   

 Eagle Scout Honor Roll   

Merit Badges   Planning Sheet

Help Wanted  


News:  (updated as the info comes in)  

Nov.10-12, Tent camping in Camp Butler.  

Permission Slip with Details

Some meetings in October and November will be on Thursdays instead of Wednesdays. The dates are: 
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 9, 16.  Resuming Wednesdays for Nov 22, 29

Animated Knots    Scout Site with Videos for Ranks through 1st Class.

Adult Training Opportunities.
See Greater Cleveland Council List
Youth Training Opportunities
See Complete List of Online Courses
Den Chief Online Training
Check this out.  Alton Brown (Food Network, Parade Magazine) on scouts and cooking.  Click Here.
Position Log (new!)
Dec 6, Pizza and Climbing Party at Kendall Cliffs
Thursdays November 9, 16.  Resuming Wednesdays for Nov 22, 29

Nov 9, Regular Meeting. Thursday
Nov.10-12, Tent camping in Camp Butler.  

Permission Slip with Details
Nov 16, Regular Meeting. Thursday
Nov 22, No Meeting.
Nov 29, Regular Meeting. Wednesday


The popcorn sale is being run differently this year.  The changes and an overview of how it will work is ../events/2017/popcorn_changes_nophone.pdf

In Summary then,

The way Council is doing popcorn this year is very different.  In a nutshell, they want scouts to make more of the profits so they are streamlining how scouts can sell.  If you are interested in selling this year please read the following information:

There are two ways to sell:

1.     Show and Sell. 

Troops can pre-order popcorn to sell on the spot.  This year the Council is only selling 3 items for the show and sells:  

1.      Caramel corn (11.5 ounce bag)

2.    Butter microwave (5 packs per box)  

3.    Back Pack for Children campaign through the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and Second Harvest (similar to the past Military donation program, but everything stays local)


All items will be $10.  Other products will be available via an on-line sales option.

Typically, we have had a table set up outside of the church to sell to parishioners after the masses.  This year we were giving new St. Basil Cub Scout Pack an opportunity to earn some start-up funds and introduce themselves to the Parish.  At this time, I don’t know what they decided to do after Cliff offered them the selling opportunity.  

Although we are not selling outside the church this year, if we have enough scouts that are interested in show and sells for themselves we will order some popcorn from Council.  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO PAY FOR ALL OF THE POPCORN WE PRE-ORDER FOR YOU TO SELL.  Remember they will only give us cases of Carmel corn and Butter microwave to sell.  Throughout the coming months we can reorder Show and Sell popcorn weekly for whoever is selling.  At the end of the sale, the Troop will send in a check for all of the popcorn we ordered, minus the 50% scout profit.  That will go directly into each individual scout account.

2.     Order online.

Scouts can create their own accounts online and order items through the website.  There are more products to sell online.  The way this works is the scout creates an account, a customer places an order (gives your scout credit) and pays with a credit card and the popcorn is delivered directly to the customer.  The shipping is $6.95 for all purchases under $90.  

OR the scout could sell to customers as in years past(just print off the popcorn options from the council website), collect all of the money UPFRONT(cash or check made out to the parent),  put in ALL of the orders at one time online and the parent of the scout pays total bill with a charge card.  No money is turned in to Council, and all of the products would be delivered to the scout’s home for distribution.  

A few reminders:  If people order online, they have to pay the shipping—tacking $6.95 on already expensive popcorn.  It’s a good option for out of town family.  Also, if you put in the bulk order to be delivered to you, the whole payment has to be completed with YOUR credit card.  

To create a scout account set up go to:

Youth Protection Training

You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection training. To take Youth Protection training go to and create an account. From the portal, click on E-Learning and take the Youth Protection training.

Upon completion, you may print a certificate of completion to submit with a volunteer application or submit the completion certificate to the unit leader for processing at the local council.

When your volunteer application is approved, you will receive a BSA membership card which includes your member ID number. After you receive your membership card, log back into MyScouting, click on My Profile and update the system by inputting your member ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records, and any other training, in MyScouting to your BSA membership.


Coming Attractions:
Badges as a Troop: Cooking, First Aid, Personal Fitness, Electricity, Citizenship of the Nation, Citizenship of the World, Environmental Science
Skills as voted: 
1) Ties, 2) Shoe Care, 3) Chop Veggies, 4) Sew patches, darn clothes, 5) Iron Clothes, 6) Repair zippers 


Dates Parish Center not available for troop meetings: ...

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All meetings will be in the Parish Center   Click here to see the St Basil Campus satellite map.

  October.  Popcorn, Recruiting
Oct X4 5, Regular Meeting. Thursday
Skills: square knot, lightweight stove, timber hitch 
Oct X11 12, Regular Meeting. Thursday
Skills: Timber Hitch test, Plants and ANimals, Orient a map
Activity: Orienteering
Oct 15, St. Basil Fall Fest Service. 1-4 plus tables and chairs
Oct 21, Campout with hike/backpacking to Camp Butler along either the Buckeye trail or the CVNP towpath.

Oct. 21-22, Backpack or Hike Saturday with an overnight in Camp Butler.  

Permission Slip with Details
Oct X19 20, Regular Meeting. Thursday
Skills: Orient a map, cold weather camping
Activity: Personal Fitness
Oct X25 26
We don't have a room scheduled for Oct. 26 (Thursday) so we'll meet outside if the weather is decent and possibly cancel if severe weather is forecast.  It's the St. Michaels School Open House night.    The plan called for "Scrabble" but I think the Personal Fitness Merit Badge test was also to be done on that night.
Skills: Sheet bend
Activity: Scrabble night
Oct 29, Sly Robakowski Eagle Court of Honor. 2 pm, Family Life Center


Sept 2017 September.  Camporee, Summer Camp results
Sept 6, Regular Meeting. 
Skills: Fusing, lashing
Activity: Fire and game
Sept 13, Regular Meeting. 
Skills: lashing
Patrols: Build a catapults or trebuchet for the campout competition
Activity: test catapult
Sept 15-17, Camporee in Brecksville Meadows Area with Bike and Ride.  
This year, it includes a train ride to Peninsula with your bicycle and you ride back to Brecksville and stop at scout skills competition stations along the towpath trail.

There is a mandatory bike safety course before the trip.  You'll get a token at the training which will allow you to board the train with your bicycle.  Helmets required.
Information and Details
Permission Slip
Sept 20, Regular Meeting. 
Skills: Tent pitch, advancement and summer camp T21 sign offs
Activity: Candle Duel?
Sept 27, Regular Meeting. 
Skills: Bowline, Clove Hitch
Activity: Personal Fitness Badge start

June 11 St. Basil Parish Picnic Service 

June 18-24 Summer Camp.
Summer Camp kickoff meeting handouts are available.  handouts_2017.pdf  

June 30 - July 2, Brecksville Home Days 

  Summer Camp 2017

Please visit Manatoc Official Information for information.  In the left margin, 

The "Leader Guide" document has the administrivia, 
the "Forms" document has all the forms: You'll need , 
Instructional Schedule - shows when the various badges are offered.
Camper Release
Annual Health and Medical Record

The Scouts and Parents Summer Camp Kickoff meeting was April 26 and the handouts for the meeting are available here: Summer Camp Handouts


June 18 - 24 (Sunday, Fathers Day) Through Saturday morning
Dan Beard Site (same as previous years)
Wednesday evening is "Family Night", Invite friends and family, Webelos, and others who might get a kick out seeing the ceremonies and how the scouts work and play at camp.
May 17 is the last meeting to sign-up/pay at the "Early Bird" discounted price.  Actual deadline is May 19 at 5 but you might have to deliver the payment to the Akron Council yourself after the 17th.
Early Bird fee is $265 by 5/19, $285 till June 8, then $300

How it works:

Scout and family decides to attend summer camp with the troop during the main week.  (Alternate weeks are also available where the scouts camp with another troop at camp. )
Get the handouts from the Summer Camp Kickoff Meeting.
Decide which badges and activities are of interest by circling them on the Camp Manatoc Instructional Schedule.  Scoutmaster must approve.
Get the Health Forms signed by parents and a physician.  Might be tough to get an appointment with your regular doctor in time. Let me know if you expect a problem and we'll see if we can arrange a
"physical fest" or something similar.

Note that the online version of the form is preferred by most everyone because you type in the info instead of writing it.
Fill out the Camper Release Form. (from the handout)
Submit Payments.  Checks payable to "Troop 652"
Payment schedule is $265 by 5/19, $285 till June 8, then $300
Sign up for Family Night (Wednesday of camp week) sign-ups are important.  Invite family and friends but we'll need a head count for adults and youngsters so that we can be sure to have enough food.
The Google Docs for signups and the checklist.  Here's this years: Summer Camp Family Night sign-up online form 
Sign up for the Troop Pop/Water Sale activity at Brecksville Home Days
Sign up for the St. Basil Parish Picnic service  
(Click here to add it to your calendar)
Start gathering your gear!
Start taking care of the prerequisites for the badges you want to take (they're the things you should have done before attending the merit badge sessions with the counselors at camp).
If you want to spend some time at camp, sign up here on the Adults List.
And, for reference, the Sams Club Shopping List is here.
  Summer Camp Sunday schedule (Happy Father's Day!) 
12:30-1:30  Arrive at Camp Manatoc on Truxell Rd in Penninsula. 

Believe the 25 MPH limit on your way there. 

Follow signs to Gillwel Lodge. Park at the pavilion. 
Carry gear to our campsite behind the pavilion. 
Pick a tent with your "tent buddy" First Year campers must have a tent buddy whether it's another 1st year camper or an older scout. 

Mr. Bellmore will get there around 1:00 and ...

collect any paperwork which hasn't been turned in yet 
check health forms and prescription meds for rule compliance
take pictures of families and scouts
2:00-3:30  Check-in. 
A scoutmaster goes to the Dining Hall to do paperwork while scouts stay at camp.  A camp guide will come back to camp with the scoutmaster.
Gather uniforms for pictures and swimming stuff for the swim test at the pool. 
The Guide will walk the scouts through their stations. 
Go to Flag pole for group picture 
Go to Health Lodge for Health Form and Meds recheck. 
Go to Swimming Pool for Swim Test. 
Return to camp.
5:00 Emergency Siren sounds. Explain procedures for when siren sounds
5:30 Waiters to the Dining Hall. No 1st years as waiter.
5:45 Retreat
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Camp Tour and Orientation.  SPL Meeting
8:45 Vespers (Religious Service)
9:00 Campfire


June 2017 June.  Parish Picnic Service, Summer Camp, Brecksville Home Days
June 7, Regular Meeting. Last Meeting to pay Summer Camp "Regular" rate
Payment schedule is $265 by 5/19, $285 till June 8, then $300
Skills: T21
Patrols: Summer Camp prerequisite checks
Activity:T21 Fitness Test
June 11, Parish Picnic Service
1-4 pm stock beverages and keep trash cans available. 
4 pm help stack chairs and tables
June 14, Optional Meeting
Activity: Summer Camp forms and questions
June 18-24, Summer Camp
Summer Camp kickoff meeting handouts are available.  handouts_2017.pdf  
June 30-July 2, Brecksville Home Days Booth pop and water sale.


May 2017 May.  Campout, Summer Camp Prep, Medwise, T21, Cyber Chip
May 3, Patrol Leader Council (PLC) Planning Meeting
Skills: Leadership, Planning
May 10, Regular Meeting (Cancelled)
Skills: Taut Line Hitch, T21: Fitness, First Aid, PLants
Activity: Cyber Chip training
May 17, Regular Meeting. Last meeting to pay Summer Camp Early Bird rate
Payment schedule is $265 by 5/19, $285 till June 8, then $300
Skills: Clove Hitch, Medwise Award
Activity: Campout Menu, food, activities
May 19-21 Campout with possible Canoe Trip
Where: Camp at Punderson State Park, Canoe at Camp Hi in Hiram
Cost: $35
Permission Slip and Event Description
We'll be camping Friday and Saturday nights at Punderson State Park in

We'll be leaving St. Basils on Friday evening at 6.

We might also be canoeing the Cuyahoga River from Camp Hi in Hiram-
May 24, Regular Meeting.  Parish Center not available. We'll do our meeting outside. Forecast is 70, partly cloudy
Skills: Sheet Bend, lashings, 
Activity: Make Ice Cream, Cyber Chip
May 31, Regular Meeting
Skills: fisherman knot, lightweight stoves
Patrols: Patrol meetings: names, flag, yell.
Activity: Marching, team building


April 2017 April.  Welcome New Scouts, Father-Son campout
April 1, Summit?
For those interested in finding out more about the recent merger of the Northern Ohio BSA Councils there's little information available but there's a "summit" planned for April 1 at the CVCC in Brecksville.  It's not clear that a "summit" is and there's no agenda available yet.  There's a link at "Integration" which takes you to this site which has the letter announcing the summit.

April 5, Regular Meeting
Skills: Timber Hitch
Activity: Gateway design, Team Building
Apr 12, No meeting
April 15, Regular Meeting
Skills: Sheet Bend
Badges: Finish Outstanding badges with Mrs. Nemeth
Activity: Fireman Chit , Medwise Award plan
April 26, Regular Meeting
Skills: Two Half Hitches
Badges: Cit. Nation
Activity: Summer Camp Kickoff, New Scout Advancements, Medwise Award, card games
April 28-30, Camping and Canoe Trip
Where: Camp at Punderson State Park, Canoe at Camp Hi in Hiram
Cost: $35

April 28-30, Camping and Canoe at Punderson State Park, Canoe at Camp Hi in Hiram

May 30, Fill the Truck Fundraiser at Brecksville City Hall/Service parking lot.

Mar 2017 March.  Welcome New Scouts, Father-Son campout
Mar. 1, PLC Planning Meeting
March 4, Merit Badge Midway. 
Click here for Flyer
Click here for merit badge list and schedule
Mar. 8, Regular Meeting
Skills: Edge method Square Knot
Badges: Cit. Nation. Those that have it will teach the
Mar. 11, Brett Sowers Eagle Court of Honor
Who: All scouts and their families
Where: St. Basil Parish Center
When: Saturday. March 11, 2017, 2-4 pm
Why: Honor Brett's achievements, motivate scouts to achieve this honor 
Mar. 15, Regular Meeting
Skills: Test and teach Taut Line Hitch
Activity: Make fire starters, New scouts learn fire lays
Mar. 18, Baden Powell Institute (training)
This is like continuing education seminars for adults and scouts who need or want Den Chief training.  Den Chief is a good position to hold in the troop because it counts toward rank advancement and helps us recruit from Cub Scout packs.
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
More details here
Course Descriptions are listed here: Descriptions
Mar. 22, Regular Meeting
Skills: Test and Teach Bowline, Scout Rank
Badges: Cit. Nation
Activity: Campout Activity Plan
Mar. 29, Regular Meeting
Skills: Test and teach Clove Hitch
Badges: Cit. Nation
Activity: Campout Menu plan
March 31-April 2, Father-Son at Camp Tuscazoar
  Congratulations to  Brett Sowers on successfully completing his Eagle Scout Rank Board of Review in 2016.
Feb 2017 Feb.  Crossing Ceremony, Elections
Feb. 1, Regular Meeting
Skills: Testing on Taut Line Hitch. Recruiting.  We'll invite 2nd year Webelos to join us. Some tools
Activity: Working in teams of 2-3, take apart computers, keep favorite parts in baggies,  see the insides of hard drives.
Feb. 8, Regular Meeting
Skills: Testing First Aid: choking
Badges: Personal Fitness
Activity: Totin' Chit, Crossing Ceremony training
Feb. 15, Regular Meeting. 
Skills: Testing First Aid: sprained wrist
Activity: Elections, Order of Arrow 
Feb. 22, Regular Meeting. 
Skills: Testing on orient a map
Badges: Personal Fitness
Activity: Advancements 


  BSA Wilderness First Aid course at Appalachian Outfitters
January 13 deadline for the Jan 21-22 course
Feb 3 deadline for the Feb 11-12 course
Jan 2017 Jan.  Cit Nation
Jan. 4, Patrol Leader Council Meeting
Jan. 11, No Meeting.  Mid-term test week at BBH
Jan. 18, Regular Meeting. 
Skills: Testing on square knot
Badges: Citizenship of the Nation (part 1 of 2)
Activity: Board games.  Bring your favorite. 
Jan. 25, Regular Meeting. 
Skills: Testing on bowline
Badges: Citizenship of the Nation (part 2 of 2)
Activity: Snow Fort building 
Jan 26, New Diocese Youth Protection Policy Update Training
7-8 pm, Family Life Center
Jan 29, New Diocese Youth Protection Policy Update Training
1:15-2:15 pm, Parish Center
Oct 2016 October 5, 12, 19, 26
Oct. 9, Fall Fest Service 1-4
Skills: Lashings, Gateway
Sign-ups: Bicycle Outing, Popcorn 
Skills: Tool Sharpening, Team Building, Menus
Sign-ups: Bicycling Event 
Oct. 21-23, Bicycling campout. Revised as of Oct. 17
Permission Slip and information sheet.
Skills: Recruiting. Invite Webelos:
Special: Fire, tents, Ramen, Karaoke
Sept 2016 Sept. Camporee, Popcorn Kickoff, Cub Scout Recruiting
Sept. 7, Patrol Leader Council Meeting
Sept. 14, Regular Meeting. Prep for Camporee skills competition.
Skills: Lashings, Tent seam seal, Menu, Gateway
Badges: Summer Camp badges, T21 SIgnoffs
Sign-ups: Camporee, Fall Fest, Popcorn 
Sept. 16-18, Camporee campout. (Has its own section below).
Sept 17, Appalachian Service Project.
Sept. 21, Regular Meeting. 
Skills: Lightweight stoves, Campfire Program (Dale), S'mores, Ramen
Special: Pack 652 visitors
Sign-ups: Fall Fest, Popcorn 
Sept. 28, Regular Meeting.
Skills: Orienteering, map and compass.
Special Patrol Names, Yells, Flags.
Sign-ups: Fall Fest, Popcorn Sales

Here are some important dates:

Tuesday, November 1, "Take Orders" from your sheets are due online no later than NOON so you'll have to get the sheets or at least a list of what products you want to me before then.

Friday, November 11, Popcorn for your "Take Orders" distributed

Monday, December 5, Final Popcorn Settlement due to Council

Mrs. Sowers will be putting together the arrangements for the after-mass sales at St. Basil's.  I've heard that they're going to be early in October.

Sept, 2016 Camporee Sept 16-18 A Camporee is a gathering of troops from our district where patrols compete in scouting skills events.

This year, it will be held at the Meadows Area of the Brecksville Reservation.

Cost is $20 payable by scout account, cash or check. This covers $8 for the event and $12 for food.

Click Here for the information sheet/Permission Slip

Because it's being held in Brecksville, parents usually drop off their scouts at the Meadows area on Friday or Saturday and pick them up as well. We can arrange car pools if needed. I usually drop the trailer at the Meadows early in the day on Friday so that I don't have to park it when there's lots of cars and scouts around. If you're car pooling or dealing with transport after the football game, you should be able to drop your gear in the trailer at the Meadows by early afternoon. It will be at the church before then.

The football game is an away game so some band members will show up late on Friday or early on Saturday. There's also a North Royalton Band Festival scheduled for Saturday starting at 5.

Events are Saturday, 9/17 starting at 9 am at the Brecksville Reservation Meadows area. The Full description of the event has been posted to the troop web site

The theme is "Carnival"

The morning stations will be regular camporee type skills tests including Fire building, Lashings and knots The afternoon will be the carnival part where patrols earn "tickets" by demonstrating scout skills and then use the tickets to play carnival games. Skill stations will include: First Aid, Knots, Nature, Fire LAys, Map Symbols and general Scouting knowledge.

There will only be one meeting before the event so you can "sign up" by sending email to me indicating whether or not you'll attend and when you'll arrive & depart.

  Summer Camp 2016

Summer Camp results are available for your review.  Click Here or Right-Click/Save-As


Welcome new scouts.  Remember to:

1. Register, (I can't transfer your records to the troop after March) 

2. Go over the Youth Protection insert in the front of your book with a parent,

3. Practice your "Scout" rank must-know's (just like Arrow of Light)

4. Part A Health form ( which lists "things we might need to know" and who we should call in case of an emergency.

5. See the "Getting Started with Troop 652" page


Mr. Jack Wygonski will be issuing troop tents in April & May.  There's a form that goes with the tents saying that you'll return the tent in good condition when you leave the troop or you'll pay $50 toward helping to replace the tent.  A parent must read and sign the form in addition to the scout signing it.


All of the new scouts should earn their "Scout" rank as quickly as possible.  Please  remember to go over the youth protection stuff in the front of the book with a parent or guardian!   Practice the other requirements and ask for a Scoutmaster Conference!


All new scouts should have received a video DVD showing how to do all the requirements through first class rank.  


The Patrol box maintenance instructions have finally been posted.

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Meeting Plan worksheets. Check assignments Click Here  Summer sheets aren't posted yet.   

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St. Basil the Great
Wednesdays, 7:00 pm

Check the parish calendar site for the latest changes

Troop 652

Scoutmaster: Cliff Bellmore 

Asst. Scoutmasters:  
 Dee Nemeth  | 
Ed Sowers  
Katrina Yeigh

Crew 652

Advisor: Shawna Melnykowski 


Fingerprinting & Background Checks 

All registered adults are being required to provide fingerprints and submit to Criminal Background checks.

Fingerprinting Cover letter
Consent Form (due before fingerprinting)


Background Check Consent Form - Fingerprint & Criminal Records Check Consent.

Adults, see fingerprint
notice wrt new state law
(Do Right-click, save-as)

nfo on state law re: volunteer background checks.


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Pack 378 - St. Michael's

Brecksville-Broadview Hts:
Pack 652 - Hilton 
High Adventure Tinnerman ('09/'07/'06/'04) 
('15 / '07 / '03)
Sea Base
('17 / '08/'05/'12)
Northern Tier


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